Payton told reporters: "It was obviously big; it was the difference between winning and losing. We gave up some plays and some yardage and I thought after that first quarter we settled in and mixed things up. That is a real good offense we played.
"Statistically, looking at the numbers there were a lot of things we did well. I thought our third down defense was good, we held them to 3-of-10.
"We were 6-of-13 so those are big numbers when you look at drives that were continued or drives that end up resulting in a punt."
The Saints face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week.